Court closes inquest into Ashok Shah’s driver murder case

A Makadara law court yesterday closed the inquest into the death of Nairobi tycoon Ashok Shah’s driver, who was burnt alive in his car seven years ago, for lack of evidence.

Senior resident magistrate William Oketch ruled the probe into the killing of James Kiarie was inconclusive due to lack of proper investigation, phone data records and forensic analysis by the prosecution.

“With heavy heart and consolation to the victims affected by this heinous crime, the court concludes that this case has hit a dead end due to lack of sufficient evidence to point out the killers, who are still at large. They will, however, never escape God’s justice,” Oketch said.

The magistrate ordered the file be closed and forwarded to the office of the DPP, with recommendations it be closed due to the futility of further investigations. He said poor investigations made by the security agencies covering forensic analysis, CCTV footage ;and failure to secure the scene of crime and lack of witnesses made the case weak.

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